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Taxonomy and phylogeny of the Sporolithales from Brazil

Grant number: 12/05076-2
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2012
Effective date (End): May 16, 2016
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Botany - Plant Taxonomy
Principal Investigator:Mariana Cabral de Oliveira
Grantee:Talita Vieira Pinto
Host Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):14/13386-7 - Diversity of crustose coralline algae (CCA) along the Brazilian Coast based on molecular markers and alpha taxonomy, BE.EP.DR


Crustose (or nongeniculate) coralline algae (CCA) are characterized by a rigid stony thallus due to the calcium carbonate deposited in their cell walls. Their morphology can vary greatly and exhibit a high incidence of phenotypic plasticity, along with the occurrence of cryptic species. Considering the importance of CCA and its difficult taxonomy, and in order to gain a better understanding of biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, climate change and ecological modeling, taxonomic investigations on the CCA are essential and urgently needed to assess a variety of anthropogenic changes that we are facing nowadays. Therefore, we aim to use a molecular approach coupled with morphology and anatomy, to better understand the taxonomy, distribution patterns and phylogenetic relationships between species of CCA. Based on these data we expect also to contribute to elucidate the diversity of CCA species along the entire Brazilian coast. (AU)

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SISSINI, MARINA NASRI; KOERICH, GABRIELLE; DE BARROS-BARRETO, MARIA BEATRIZ; COUTINHO, LUANA M.; GOMES, FERNANDA P.; OLIVEIRA, WILLIAM; COSTA, IARA O.; DE CASTRO NUNES, JOSE MARCOS; HENRIQUES, MARIA CAROLINA; VIEIRA-PINTO, TALITA; et al. Diversity, distribution, and environmental drivers of coralline red algae: the major reef builders in the Southwestern Atlantic. CORAL REEFS, . (12/05076-2, 13/11833-3, 10/19234-3)
RICHARDS, JOSEPH L.; VIEIRA-PINTO, TALITA; SCHMIDT, WILLIAM E.; SAUVAGE, THOMAS; GABRIELSON, PAUL W.; OLIVEIRA, MARIANA C.; FREDERICQ, SUZANNE. Molecular and Morphological Diversity of Lithothamnion spp. (Hapalidiales, Rhodophyta) from Deepwater Rhodolith Beds in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico. PHYTOTAXA, v. 278, n. 2, p. 81-114, . (14/13386-7, 12/05076-2)
Academic Publications
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PINTO, Talita Vieira. Diversity of crustose coralline algae from Brazil based on molecular markers and morphology. 2016. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Instituto de Biociências (IBIOC/SB) São Paulo.

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